You will all be pleased to hear of our continued
growth and extension of activities. To cope with all this and our plans for the future
we have strengthened the management
team to include the services of Jim Betteridge and Mr and Mrs Ben Allen who will assist on the secretarial side. All systems are set for
"GO" in fact except
for our lack of a suitable Headquarters. Many of you will have seen the report
in the local press recently where
our Chairman is quoted highlighting our problem. It
is hoped that the press report will encourage a greater understanding of the
need for premises. We are, after all, the only historic town in Suffolk
without a Museum and desperately need a place to centralise our activities and
that of our Guides and to provide more storage for our growing volume and
variety of display items etc... The
committee would be delighted to follow-up any suggestions. So go
to it members and let's be hearing from you.
NEXT MEETING - 8TH MAY (Tuesday)
The next meeting of the Society
will be at 8 p.m.. on Tuesday 8th May . The meeting will be held in the Council Offices Corks Lane Hadleigh. Since the
Society's Executive Committee has
unanimously agreed to recommend the Offices for a Civic Trust
award this will also be an opportunity for at least some of the building to be
viewed. Michael Hills of the very long established firm of clock makers 'Hills
of Sudbury' will give a talk on clocks and clock making. Mr Hills is a very entertaining
speaker and is a keen member of the historical societies of Sudbury. All are
freely welcome with non-members being asked to contribute 50p.
GUILDHALL'S MEDIEVAL KITCHEN
There is good news on this front
with contracts 'Out' and work due to start in June. Mr Harry Barnett, one of
Suffolk County Council's Conservation Officers, is providing one and possibly two
oaks from Bradfield Woods to replicate the mantel beams over the hearth area.
It is hoped that Anglia Television will make a filmed sequence of the restoration which
will make fascinating viewing and attract a wide audience.
INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY
The planned A.G.M. has been
deferred until 8th September. Details of the proposed use of our Guides will thus have
to be advised later.
WEEK-END - 28th
A car boot sale and display on the Hadleigh Football
ground is planned for the Spring holiday week-end. We are indebted to the
Hadleigh Football Club for use of the grounds for this purpose and to Bruce
Sutherland for the marquee that is to be erected. It is intended to display
the Sutherland Collection of old farm implements which a team of volunteers
from the Society recently restored for this purpose and Stationary engines and
vintage vehicles. Members will be invited to contribute articles for sale from
car boots and to furnish a cake stall. All profits will go to the Exhibitions Fund after donation to Hadleigh Football Club.
Whilst on the subject we are always on the look out for
interesting items for display and if you know of anything
available we should be most grateful to hear from you. Mrs Jane Haylock at the Idler
Bookshop in Hadleigh High Street is compiling a record for future use when we find a
SUMMER 'OUTING' - 16th JUNE (Saturday)
We are delighted to announce that arrangements have been made to visit
the splendidly restored Gardens near Old Warden in Bedfordshire. The
work has been undertaken by Bedfordshire County Council with whom arrangements
are to be confirmed in the near future. Details of the visit will be advised as soon as
possible but a coach is to be laid on and this should prove a very worthwhile day
out. For those interested in the past in aviation rather than the Gardens the coach
will drop off and pick up later at the Shuttleworth Collection on Old Warden Aerodrome.
FACILITIES FOR THE HANDICAPPED
A study of the towns facilities
is being undertaken by Mrs Nelson of Churchill Avenue and it is felt that all
members will wish the Society to put its weight behind this venture.
Should you know of any particular problem areas please contact the Secretary at
20 Angel Street (Tel. 822063) who will pass on the information. It will be appreciated
that often the disabled loathe to advertise their difficulties but with a little
thought much can be done to initiate improvements whether complained of or
not. So once again please do not be backward in coming forward.
PROJECTS FOR 1984/1985
suggestions have been made on behalf of the Society to Babergh District Council.
These include improvement of wirescape in the conservation areas and endorsement
of the policy for additional Lay by's and other methods of reducing pavement parking.
There is a proposal to provide a Bicycle Motor Cross (BMX) track for the young
in the area and members are asked to make their views known to the Secretary.
HADLEIGH EXHIBITION - SUMMER
It is once
again intended to make a grand display of the many items we have already
available for presentation and to include Jan Hopkins very successful
handicraft weaving exhibition. The organisers of the Architects and Artists
Tour have asked us to 'lend' the Hadleigh Exhibition for presentation in the
Assembly Room for the week of 12th May onwards and from early June when it will be displayed in St
Mary's Church for the Summer season. Our
team of Stewards would greatly welcome your assistance in manning
the display if only for a short period. Any member or potential member who can
spare an hour or more is asked to contact Mr J. Wilding of Potts Farm, Layham,
Hadleigh (Tel. 822160) who is
co-ordinating the team of Stewards.
CHURCH - STOP PRESS
is hoped that the 'dig' for Guthrum's Church will commence this Summer and, no
doubt, this will attract much attention.
The Suffolk County Council Archaeological Unit will
be in charge of all work but your assistance may be required to help clear the
site and to lend a hand with the excavating. Non-diggers will be most welcome to
as Guides and to help the many visitors who are expected. So step forward with
perhaps your family and friends and
let us have your names either direct to the Secretary or
by telephone to Hadleigh 822063 or 823991.
MEETING - 29th JUNE
is important that you all try and attend this meeting which is to be held at 8
p.m..in the OLD TOWN HALL bringing along a friend or two who may care to join
us. Subscription rates remain unaltered and may be paid at the A.G.M. or
direct to the Secretary (using the attached slip if desired). Items for the
Agenda should` also be sent to the Secretary well in advance of the meeting if
this is possible. Not all will be business and some excellent films on East
Anglia and 'Whatever happened to the Countryside' will be shown.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Please be on the lookout for anything which could locate
the 'Hadleigh Standard Weights' which were taken from a cabinet in St Mary's
Church. A photograph should appear in the 'Anglian' in the near future.
OF MEMBERSHIP FROM 1ST JUNE 1984
£6 (joint) £4 (full) Half fee (Senior Citizens) £1 (junior member)